Saint Emilion - Saint Emilion Premier Gr Cru Classe B
Alcohol 15,0 %
After a career of 12 years as a bank employee, a grocer and a restaurant owner in St. Emilion, Jean-Luc Thunevin ended as a négociant-trader in wines. He now has thrown himself in the adventure of Ch. Valandraud. In 1989 he decided to make his own wine together with his wife Murielle. They found a terroir on the hill of Fongaban (the name Valandraud comes from ‘Vallon’ and ‘Andraud’, the name of his wife). In 1990 there was no chai, so he brought the fruits to the cooperative. In 1991 they made wine in a studio of their house, they called it ‘the garage’, it was an old vinification cellar of the Bécot family. This is how the term ‘garage wine’ was born, because the cellar was closed off as a garage. Because Thunevin did not have a lot of means (he had no destemming machine), the berries were picked by hand, which was already a good means of selection. Bad berries were removed. He did not have any pumps either, he had to put the berries in the cuvees all by hand. Out of necessity, the principle of the gravity already became a fact. Finally, he did not have big cuvees and he was forced to have the malolactic fermentation take place in small barrels, a system that is getting popular nowadays. All these accidental factors contribute to a beautiful wine which was very well rated by the press. Although the terroir was unknown until then, it is now classified Premier Grand Cru Classé in the new ranking of 2012.
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